It seems Don “Corleone” Rumsfeld is unhappy and thinks that terrorists are manipulating the media to influence those of us in the West.
“That’s the thing that keeps me up at night,” he said during a question-and-answer session with about 200 naval aviators and other Navy personnel at this flight training base for Navy and Marine pilots.Rumsfeld was asked whether the criticism he draws as Pentagon chief and a leading advocate of the war in Iraq is an impediment to performing his job. He said it was not and he knows from history that wars are normally unpopular with many Americans. “I expect that,” he said. “I understand that.”
“What bothers me the most is how clever the enemy is,” he continued, launching an extensive broadside at Islamic extremist groups which he said are trying to undermine Western support for the war on terror.
“They are actively manipulating the media in this country” by, for example, falsely blaming U.S. troops for civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said.
“They can lie with impunity,” he said, while U.S. troops are held to a high standard of conduct.
So his belief that the media is being manipulated by terrorists is what keeps him up at night and not the fact that under his leadership, we have been bogged down in an untenable occupation plagued by poor planning that has led to the death of over 2500 US servicemen not to mention the 10’s of thousand of civilian deaths?
I also noticed he didn’t show any outrage over the media manipulation that Bush and Co. used to justify the war in the first place. Anyone seen any of those WMD’s that administration used as the reason for the invasion in the first place? How about that nice little photo-op with King George on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln declaring mission accomplished 1216 days ago?
Sorry Don, I don’t think too many people other than yourself will be laying awake at night worrying about media manipulation, worry over their loved ones put in harms way by your failed policies maybe…